Up this week, a new soil moisture sensor, a more powerful pcDuino, and more!Favorited Favorite 1
It's Friday, and we have new stuff to talk about. There's no 'classic' video this week, but we have two product demonstrations instead! So let's jump right in and see the goods for this week.
Do you know how much moisture is in your soil? You should. Don't be left not knowing the moisture content of your soil again. The SparkFun Soil Moisture Sensor is a simple breakout for measuring the moisture in soil and similar materials. The two large exposed pads function as probes for the sensor, together acting as a variable resistor. The more water that is in the soil means the better the conductivity between the pads will be and will result in a lower resistance, and a higher SIG out. Want to see it work? Check out this video.
The GP-735 is a slim, ultra-high performance, easy to use GPS smart antenna receiver. With -162dBm tracking sensitivity and only 29 second cold start time, the GP735 is a tiny, yet powerful, piece of tech. The slim design makes it ideal for applications where you don’t have a lot of space to work in.
This week we have a new version of the pcDuino. The Acadia is a more powerful version of the pcDuino 3, featuring a quad core processor. The pcDuino acts much like a computer, needing only a 5v (2A) power supply, keyboard, mouse and display to get running. You can even use the USB-OTG to connect remotely. Connect it to your network with either the WiFi module or Ethernet jack so you can log data, run a web server, or control devices remotely.
We know you love adding color to your e-textiles, adding the LilyPad Pixel Board to your project will only make it better. The pixel board is equipped with a WS2812B which is actually an RGB LED with a WS2811 built right into the LED! Several of these breakouts can be chained together to form a display or an addressable string. Here it is in action.
OK, that's it for this week. As always, thanks for reading, and we'll be back again next week with more new stuff.